Respiratory patients in the Newmarket area are now able to access specialist
physiotherapy closer to home with the launch of a new clinic in the town.
The respiratory physiotherapy outreach clinic will take place at Newmarket Hospital on the third Friday of every month, starting tomorrow.
The clinic aims to give patients the skills to help them manage conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchiectasis and dysfunctional breathing patterns more effectively.
It will also offer help to patients with respiratory muscle weakness and neuromuscular conditions, who will be taught long term self-management of their chest and airway clearance techniques.
The clinic has been introduced by West Suffolk Hospital to make it easier for town residents to access specialist help and will complement the existing service at the main hospital.
Helen Stewart, respiratory physiotherapist at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our main aim is to educate our patients so that they can learn to self-manage their condition more effectively, in turn increasing their independence and quality of life.
“We are committed to making it as easy as possible for people to access the specialist care we provide, and are really pleased we have been able to launch this clinic in this new location.
“We hope it will benefit our patients by reducing the distance they need to travel for treatment and bringing services closer to home.”
Patients can access the physiotherapy respiratory service at both Newmarket and West Suffolk Hospital by contacting their GP.